CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 5, 2000
UI to celebrate Japanese festival Omatsuri April 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa The local community is invited to celebrate the annual
Japanese festival Omatsuri on Friday, April 14 from 8-10 p.m. in the International
Center Lounge at the University of Iowa. The event is free and open to the
Daniel Andrlik, a Japanese and Russian House programmer and an event organizer,
says the event will feature a variety of activities for everyone who celebrates
different facets of Japanese culture.
"People can do karaoke and learn origami and shodo (Japanese calligraphy),"
Andrlik says. "We'll also have free sushi. It's a fun, non-alcoholic
event for the weekend celebrating Japanese culture."
Omatsuri is an International Crossroads Community (ICC) program and is co-sponsored
by UI International Programs, the Association of Residence Halls, UI Student
Government and the Stepping Up Project.
The International Crossroads Community is open to all students interested
in international issues, foreign language or who want to learn about different
cultures. Membership is diverse, and in addition to Omatsuri, the student
organization sponsors several other cultural events throughout the year, including
the Gusto Latino Festival (Spanish), Oktoberfest (German) and Rigolade (French)
The International Crossroads Community is affiliated with the UI International
Programs, a department with various offices, centers, degree programs and
other services that serve to further internationalize the campus and the community,
and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information, call Andrlik 353-3067, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.